A WALK IN GIAVENO – PONTE PIETRA
GIAVENO – PONTE PIETRA
24 JULY 2021
An easy walk through the woods and along the rivers Tauneri and Sangone, starting from and arriving to the village of Giaveno – Ponte Pietra (Stone Bridge).
#enjoy the riverside
#Share memories of old songs
#Write and recite biographical poems while walking
Walking shoes, Water, Raincoat, Anti-Mosquito spray
A group of people to share the walk with (friends or new acquaintances, as you prefer)
Curiosity, Poetic inspiration, Open mindedness
Pen and Paper
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO ENJOY THE WALK
Look around you
We walk accompanied by the sound of the water flowing near us. The first river we meet is the Tauneri creek, which later joins the Sangone river. It is around here, hidden in the vegetation, that we can find the stone bridge that gives the village its name. Can you spot it?
Did you know that Ponte Pietra didn’t exist before the 1920s? The people living here used to call it ‘El Mulin’ (The Mill), because they would come to grind sorghum and wheat for the animals. Madam Floriana told us that there used to be only the mill here, under the old bridge, and the bakery shop, which is now owned by Simonetta. Only after 1920 did people come down from the higher villages and start living here. This is how this hamlet was born and, in memory of the old bridge, it took its name. A new bridge was then built, overlooking the Sangone river and allowing people to cross the water and keep heading up towards Brancard, Baronera and the other hamlets.
Those were the times when people would meet, sing, and have a great time with a simple guitar and some voices…
Can you think of a song to sing or to teach someone who is with you?
Meet new people!
During the walk, talk with other people and try to find something new about them.
For instance, what’s the favourite dish of the person walking next to you? What place do they feel emotionally connected to?
What do they enjoy about walking?
Look for a garden, a forest, or any other green spot and take a Forest Bath
close your eyes,
hear the sound of your breath,
perceive the sounds around you,
perceive your skin and feel the
feel the weight of your body,
Open your eyes
and see the world around you.
Let nature inspire you and become a poet!
Find a place to rest, listen to the sound of the river and write down a short poem about what walking in the nature means to you.
Here are some poems written by the participants of the workshop in Giaveno
Ode to silence
That everything covers
Such a compassionate
Rest beside me
In the sweetest hour
Water, you gush
Clear and fresh
To lift the spirits
Of the tired
Oh nature, with your
beauty and perfection
You make me think of how
Small I am
As a human